from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The system of doctrines and rites taught in the tantras.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrines of the tantras.
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- n. movement within Buddhism combining elements of Hinduism and paganism
- n. doctrine of enlightenment as the realization of the oneness of one's self and the visible world; combines elements of Hinduism and paganism including magical and mystical elements like mantras and mudras and erotic rites; especially influential in Tibet
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Buddhism, but it was doubtless superior in discipline and coherency to the native superstitions mixed with debased tantrism, which it replaced.
It was shivlings all around then - the post-Shankaracharya strategy to thwart Buddhism-and a return to tantrism.